Many animals—of all shapes and sizes, from all around the world—thrive on plants. Like us, their teeth, jaws, and nails are NOT designed to rip and eat other animals’ flesh.

Humans’ tiny canine teeth and those of other herbivores are better suited to biting into fruits than tearing through tough hides. We have flat molars and a long digestive tract suited to a diet of vegetables, fruits, and grains.

Check out these strong, herbivorous animals:

1) Humans

Although many humans choose to eat both plants and meat, earning us the misleading label of “omnivore,” we’re anatomically herbivorous. ?

2) Elephants

Elephants rely on fresh vegetation for the energy necessary to play with their families and travel as far as 30 miles a day.

3) Gorillas

If a gorilla can get enough protein eating plants, so can we!

4) Bison

The largest animal naturally found in North America lives on grass. Bison are constantly on the move, not even stopping to chew their food.

5) Rhinos

When you learn that this strong, powerful animal eats nothing but plants, rhino you’ll go vegan today.

6) Horses

Horses graze on tall grass for up to 18 hours a day!

7) Cows

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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals 

Cows have four stomachs, all of which are designed to break down plants, not animal flesh.


Plant-eaters of any species get all the protein, vitamins, and fiber they need without the artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat found in animal flesh, eggs, and dairy “products.” No need to eat grass, though—yummy vegan options are available everywhere.

Be as Strong as an Ox—Go Vegan